Image Clean-up


How To Create a Non-Destructive Workflow


Lesson Info

Image Clean-up

Now, what about image? Clean up. Well, wait a minute. I talked about this work flow like I'm going to solve my biggest problem first, if there's dust spots in the sky, isn't that a bigger problem than you know the exposures little too dark, or what have you sort of but here's my philosophy there. It kind of breaks my rule in terms of working on the biggest problem for us. That's. Totally hypothetical. I should really hasten to add, because you know, when we're cleaning up an image that suggest dust spots on your image sensor or blemishes. And I just avoid those altogether by always making sure my sensors perfectly clean. And if there's a branch, I go cut it down. No, I have blemishes too. But I try to minimize them. Always it's. Best to make sure that the capture is as good as possible in this case, it's. A fluke of nature. But somehow I ended up with no dust spots in the sky. Now I do try to keep my sensor clean. But come on. I was on a road trip in the desert southwest. How did I not...

end up with dust on my sensor? I have no idea it's a mystery to me as well. So knowing which clean up well there's still a little bit of image clean up that we might like to do so when it comes image clean up what I'm thinking about first and foremost is getting rid of distraction I don't want anybody to notice something in the image that I don't want them to notice I want them to only see things in the image and say wow wow that's skies really interesting it's kind of like a little bit dreary and dramatic while the river with a little bit of green and you can see some clouds reflecting that's incredible wow I would never get that close to the edge and take a picture like that you know, whatever the case may be what I don't want them to do is say what's that little blob back there what's that blue thing back here on the river we zoom in really, really close and obviously it's like you know, a ufo or something no it's actually boats and I you know what I need to know some day guess what happened when the boat went by me on the river guess what I had to dio scream I'm not if they heard me because I didn't hear them maybe they're just like who's that crazy guy but their actual boats down there on the colorado river I mean their view was almost as good as my view wouldn't you say but I find this to be a little bit of a distraction now if it was very obviously a boat and you could see that it was a boat with people on it and there are out there paddling on the colorado river sure I might keep them in this case is just this little blob of blue and so I don't see it as being worth keeping and more importantly, it's just going to be a distraction nobody's going to know what it is necessarily unless they're familiar with fact that boats go through this horseshoe bend in the colorado river and so I think that's probably better to get rid of with, you know, no offense to the people who are on those boats. Well, I need to do this nondestructive leah's well, now when I actually cleanup pixels in the image, what am I doing? I'm essentially copying pixels from one area to another, I'm copying colorado river pixels and putting them on top of boat pixels. Sorry, people in the boat, but I'm just covering up pixels with other pixels. How am I going to do that? Nondestructive? We have to take pixels from over here and put him over there. Well, I'm going to use a different layer not an adjustment layer in this case but an actual image layer, so go ahead and add a new image layer this is a pixel base layer, but it's going to be completely empty sets that blank sheet of paper icon down at the bottom of the layers panel, I'll go ahead and click that now you'll notice that this layer comes with a very wonderful name layer one this where, you know I won't make any software engineer jokes, but you know it's the first layers layers zero, which makes sense to software engineers, but not to me because I'm not a software engineer, but this layer one is my image clean up later. The problem is it's transparent it's empty photoshopped shows me that with a little checkerboard pattern, but that doesn't necessarily tell me. Hey, you got rid of the boat on this lake, it tells me it's empty. I wonder why I added that because my memory is not so good and so to fix that I'm going to double click on the name for layer one, and I'm gonna give it a new name, so just double click type in your name image, clean up, and then I have an image clean up later. What will I use for image? Clean up? I will use the lazy cleanup tool these spot healing brush tool, which I find works about ninety percent of the time for most of my cleanup. Work it's fast, it's easy. Yes, aiken use the clone stamp tool or the healing brush tool variety of other techniques and tools to clean stuff up. But in most cases, that spot healing brush tool works wonderfully well because I'm working on a separate layer. I need to make sure that the sample all layers check box on the options bar is turned on that will essentially allow photoshopped to look at the overall image when it comes to choosing a source of pixels, but the pixels themselves will be painted onto my image clean up later, so again, non destructive. So all adjust the brush size and for that I'll just use the left and right square bracket. Cousteau left square bracket key will reduce the size the brush right square bracket key will increase the size of the brush and paint it's gone just a little bit. We'll come over here and find this green boat over here. Just the brush size. A little as needed and paint on it and it's gone. What other boats? Boy? This is fun. What else can we get rid of here? Here's a even brighter like a yellowish. I'm assuming it's also a boat what about this rock, hmm, tough coal, at least for me, maybe not for you. So my thing is I want to get rid of blemishes, but if the thing was really there, well, boat was really there, but only temporarily. If I had waited, maybe I could have gotten a shot without the rock is really there. It's eye catching. I'm going to decide to leave it, but I will zoom in and pan around and look at the entire image really looking for any blemishes that I might want to get rid of. I think that pretty well takes care of wait what's this I don't even know but it's a blemish it's a distraction it's kind of catching my attention. I don't want it to you get the idea here again. There are situations where you might need to use a little bit more sophisticated technique. But I think that in most cases, thie spot healing brush tool works wonderfully, wonderfully. Well, I should point out it is the default setting, but I am using the content aware capability for that tool as well. And that is all on a separate list. Let's, zoom in just so we can see where the boats used to be and the same basic technique. Aiken, turn off the visibility for my image, clean a player, so zoom in just a hair more over here and there are those three boats that aaron view right now, turn off the layer. We can see the votes turn on the later, they magically disappear, and again, I could always come back. I can even erase pixels off of my image, clean a player if I find out that a friend of mine was on one of those boats, and I want to make sure that boat is still visible, whatever the case may be, so again the same in terms of working with this layer based approach, non destructively, with tremendous flexibility. The only difference is that this is an image layer of pixel base layer, as opposed to an actual adjustment. We were just talking about adjustments to the image.

Class Description

Non-destructive editing helps you maintain maximum flexibility when editing your photos in Photoshop. Learn how it’s done in How to Create a Non-destructive Workflow with Tim Grey.

Tim will show you how to leverage your RAW captures to ensure the best starting point in your workflow. He’ll show how to use adjustment layers for non-destructive edits and how to use Smart Objects and Smart Filters for safe, effective edits.

Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CC 2014.2.2, Adobe Lightroom 5